The decision to remodel your bathroom(s) is a big one. Not only is it a room that will see frequent use, it can add a tremendous amount to the overall value of your home!
Perhaps the biggest misconception about renovating a bathroom is you have to spend a copious amount of money to get outstanding results. In reality, there are many little tricks and savings secrets of which can give you the bathroom of your dreams, without breaking your bank.
Here are six practical tips for keeping an eye on your wallet while remodeling your bathroom.
1.Don’t Move the Plumbing
The task of rearranging pipes can easily become one of the most expensive and cumbersome parts of any remodeling job. If you want to save yourself from a lot of spending and headaches in this process, you are wise to leave the plumbing where it is.
A good way to think of this is you are still keeping the basic elements of your old bathroom where they are, but upgrading the look. When you leave the basic amenities like the toilet, sink, and shower as is, the improvements you make will look a lot more pronounced, as opposed to if you move everything around. Just think of the before-and-after pictures!
2.Find Ways to Save on Lighting
Adding lights is one of the best ways to increase the visual appeal of a bathroom. The common areas for lighting include: above a vanity, the space in between the mirror and edge of the vanity, and of course, overhead.
Luckily, you don’t need super high-end products to accomplish a good look. You can easily achieve the same effect without spending a huge amount. Keep an eye out for sales at your department stores. Or, you can poke around at consignment shops to find rustic fixtures at a reasonable price.
Keep in mind, not all lighting requires electricity. As long as you consider and plan for your privacy needs, positioning a mirror on a wall perpendicular to a window is a great way to reflect and add natural light.
3.Look into Tile Alternatives
Tile is one of the first materials to come to mind when thinking about bathroom design. If savings is a priority, there is no need to have expensive tile walls, ceilings, or even floors. There are plenty of more affordable alternatives to achieve a similar effect.
For the floor, vinyl is a great option of which the starting cost can be lower than $2 per square foot. It’s a comfortable material to walk on and is water resistant. Even the luxury planks are very affordable and look great!
In terms of the walls and ceilings, there is no shortage of affordable waterproof paneling options to fit your exact needs.
The most difficult part of this process is finding a material that meshes well with the overall layout of your bathroom. For this, consulting the experts is smart move to ensure you find something that looks great and can be proud of.
4.Reface Existing Amenities
Gutting your entire bathroom from top-to-bottom is going to cost you a pretty penny, to say the least. Starting with the barebones, you don’t need to replace your toilet, sink, and shower to re-energize the vibe in the room. Assuming your amenities are made of porcelain, fiber glass, or cast iron, you can do much of the revamping on your own! However, there will be some tools required; like an electric sander, spray gun, paint brushes, masks, ect.
In terms of the cabinets and countertops, sometimes, all they truly need is a good reface. However, this is a task best left to the professionals. The good news is it can still be relatively inexpensive to get it done, even with the proper guidance. It’s amazing how much a new coat of paint, veneers, or laminate can rejuvenate the entire room!
5.Shop for Surplus Finds
If you are dead-set on completely changing the energy in the room and want to get entirely new elements, there is no shame whatsoever in going the cheap route. One of the most expensive mistakes people make in remodeling their bathroom is going right for the top shelf items without looking at any other options.
True, you may have an exact vision for things like door pulls, towel racks, and décor, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the possibility of scoring awesome products at a huge discount. Regardless of what you have in mind, it never hurts to check out surplus or salvage sales. You never know, you might find exactly what you’re looking for at an incredibly low price, or, you might even find something better than what you had envisioned!
Even if your browsing turns out to be fruitless, you didn’t waste any money.
6.Stick to the Plan!
As is the case with many remodels, there will almost always be unforeseen hiccups, circumstances, or even changes of heart. Minimizing all the external factors all comes down to not just the amount of detail in your original plan, but how well you stay committed to it.
As obvious as this sounds, a poor plan will bring poor results. The more you stray from your original concept, the higher the likelihood you will go off budget. The main points in your plan should start with the big projects and a set price range for each. For this, it’s highly recommended to seek out a professional to put together a good design that meets your price threshold. This will save you a great deal of time and money in the long run and ensure you don’t make expensive mistakes throughout the execution.
Remodeling a bathroom is one of the biggest decisions/tasks you can carry out as a homeowner. Experts will tell you revamping the kitchen and bathrooms are the two biggest things you can do to increase the value of your home. There is no denying both of these projects are going to cost you. But, with the right planning and professional advice, you can find MANY ways to save money here and there while rebuilding a bathroom you can be proud of. San Diego Kitchen Pros has been specializing in remodeling projects of all shapes and sizes for nearly 30 years. Whatever your budget might be, we will find ways to maximize each and every dollar you put into a project!